- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona senator is pushing a bill to fight President Obama’s executive action expanding mandatory background checks to gun shows.

The Senate federalism committee passed the measure Tuesday that would allow residents to sue the state for enforcing executive actions that might limit a person’s constitutional right to bear arms.

Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, said the president has surpassed his authority by trying to revamp the system that exempts gun sales from background checks if the seller isn’t a federal registered dealer.

“If the executive branch starts bleeding over into the responsibilities of the other two branches of government, somebody has to check that,” Allen said during the committee meeting, “President Obama needs to quit disrespecting our system of government.”

The Republican senator’s bill would prevent cities, counties and towns from knowingly enforcing or cooperating with any order or action that limits Second Amendment rights.

It would also allow residents to sue any state agency or municipality that violates her proposal.

The Senate federalism committee passed Senate Bill 1452 on a 4-0 vote. Neither Democrat who sits on the committee was present to vote. It now undergoes a standard review before going to a Senate vote.

One of the Democrats on the committee said previously he opposes the bill as another attempt by Republican lawmakers to take local control away from cities and towns.

“It’s the party that wants limited government that thinks every interim long and hard about how many more bills they can write about firearms,” said Sen. Andrew Sherwood, D-Tempe.

Arizona Republicans annually push legislation to try and limit what they call federal overreach. Last year conservative lawmakers attempted to take control of the state’s federal lands.

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